After sitting on a 14-day hunger strike in Ahmedabad, Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti t (PASS) leader Hardik Patel’s health deteriorated and he was taken to a hospital today. He has been sitting on an indefinite fast since August 25 to push for farm loan waiver and demanding reservation to Patidar youths in government jobs and education.
PAAS leaders had on Wednesday night given their own ultimatum that Hardik would stop drinking water from Thursday night if the government does not start talks over his demands.
The Congress had yesterday announced that they will observe a 24-hour-fast across the state on Friday in solidarity with Patel. Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Paresh Dhanani had announced this after a Congress delegation, comprising 25 MLAs and other senior leaders, met Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and handed him a memorandum raising a range of issues, including the demands raised by Hardik.
The Gujarat BJP government has so far remained unmoved despite medical reports about Patel’s worsening health. It had asked Hardik to call off his fast, but the party’s stand on talking to the Patidar leader over his demands was not clear. Earlier, the state government had termed Hardik Patel’s fast a political stir backed by Congress.